Universe. Technical Subgroup on the Movement of Natural Persons (Paris, 31 January -2 February 2005). Overview. Why? Different alternatives to meet the needs of BPM5 GATS – Mode 4 Points for discussion. Why?. Define the boundaries according to different needs
Technical Subgroup on the Movement of Natural Persons
(Paris, 31 January -2 February 2005)
HOW TO DEFINE A MIGRANT?
Migrants are defined in BPM5 and migration statistics (broadly speaking) as persons who live of have intention to live in the country for more than a year
No mention of when a migrant ceases to be a migrant.
Possible criteria to define a migrant are:
Not being a citizen
Being born abroad
Staying in the country for a certain number of years
Easy to assess
Clear-cut criterion – based on law
Becoming a citizen does not imply weaker ties with the country of origin
May not be a relevant criterion for certain countriesUniverse - Non-citizens
Cross tabulating country of citizenship with country of birth may provide useful info
“Persons who have become residents of a country by virtue of being expected to live there for a year or more, until they either become citizens or are born in the country, at which point the cease to be migrants”.